Tiger Collard is one of the most productive crops you can grow in the vegetable garden. This hybrid variety is similar to the old Top Bunch variety that was so popular before crop failure removed it from the market. Tiger produces upright stalks that grow fast and start producing early. Collards are champions of the frost and can persist in extremely cold environments. They also are bolt-resistant in heat and will produce well into the end of spring and beginning of summer. As a result, plants may be planted in fall and harvested for many months, producing a significant amount of food with each harvest.
Tiger Collard produces medium to dark green leaves that are slightly savoyed or scalloped along the edges. The leaves have a high ratio of blade to stalk, which means you get more collard leaf and less stem with each harvest. Harvest individual leaves by pulling them off the main stalk. Leave smaller leaves in the center to allow the plant to continue to photosynthesize and produce future harvests.
Tiger Collard may be direct-seeded or transplanted, depending on the desired harvest. Direct seed if smaller heads and single-cut harvests are desired. Using a walk-behind planter, densely plant rows of collards and cut before plants reach full size. If larger, full-size leaves are desired, we suggest transplanting. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing and prevents seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Collard transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Tiger Collard Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: None